Latvia and Greece Opt out of New GMO 'MON810'

Latvia and Greece  Opt out of New GMO 'MON810'

Latvia and Greece  Opt out of New GMO 'MON810'

AwN | Two more countries opt out of a Monsanto GMO. Now Scotland, Germany, Latvia, and Greece have recently opted out of dealings with Monsanto, however, America still silent and feeble.

Two More European Countries Ban Monsanto’s GMO Crops

"Lativia and Greece have chosen the “opt-out” clause of a European Union rule passed in March that allows member countries to abstain from growing GM crops, even if they are authorized by the EU. Scotland and Germany also made headlines in recent weeks for seeking a similar ban on GMOs.

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Nature RX

AwN | Nature is what we are.

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Fake Plastic World

Fake Plastic World

Fake Plastic World and the Inners of the Gull

AwN | Every plastic cup you use...

Ocean Plastic Will Be Found in 99 Percent of Seabirds by 2050

Researchers from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia and Imperial College London found that in the 1960s, only 5 percent of seabirds had plastic in their stomachs. By 2010, that number rose to a startling 80 percent. Of all seabirds alive today, the researchers estimated that 90 percent of the birds have eaten plastic.

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Scientific Fraud and the Transperancy of Data Collection

Scientific Fraud and the Transperancy of Data Collection

Data Collection, Transperancy, and Fraud

AwN | I have been saying this for a while: Without better access and control over data collection science should not be trusted. Trusting science when the data used is not accessible to the public is nearly exactly the same as trusting a priest to tell you what God wants; that is trusting science on its word alone is the same as trusting a religion.

I do find it a little comical however that the article leaves out global warming for potential scientific fraud. Basically "Natural News" is all for attacking scientific manipulation, as long as it doesn't contradict a main driver of traffic to their website.

Group calls for transparency overhaul in scientific research to combat corporate fraud in GMO, vaccine and pharmaceutical studies

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A Landscape Artist and the Dawn of AwN

A Landscape Artist and the Dawn of AwN

A Bit about Myself and Forest Farming

In my life I have been many things. I have tried to do them all with fervor and dignity. Even when it was that I was essentially a lazy hobo, I did it such that I could try to produce something of excellence. My ability to ever achieve excellence I do not know. At times it dawns on me that I already have, and at other times I can remember the sensation of having done nothing, not even write one poem in a single day.

 

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Does Protest Work?

Does Protest Work?

Three Reasons Activism Fails

AwN | I'm not exactly an activist, although I do believe in the value, I am more of a philospher or thinker. Recently I've written several bits on why I think the environmentalist movements usually fail. This is a piece in The Guardian by Deborah Doane about this issue. 

The protest movement is failing: it's fighting the same old battles with the same poor results

"Does campaigning work? I’m often asked this question. In 2010, when I was director of the World Development Movement, I was interviewed by the Ecologist magazine and was optimistic about the rise of activism and the opportunities to build solidarity under a Tory government. But I’m increasingly convinced that either we’ve been using the wrong methods in our campaigns, or we’re missing something altogether.

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Cell Phones Cause Cancer, So What?

Cell Phones Cause Cancer, So What?

We all suspect it, but hope to ignore it

AwN | Articles like this pop up all the time, and they are petrifying and debillitating. We are all so entranced by our wireless devices that we can't even begin to imagine our lives without them. So what do we do when we read that they might be causing cancer? We look for proof that they don't. We will then either reassure ourselves by the evidence that we find (to hell with the source being a subsidiary of Att) or we will resign ourselves to our life of cancer because "everything causes cancer nowadays." Where does that leave us? I encounter this line of thinking constantly. Of course I succumb to this line of thinking as well, but it is a larger problem the world over.

Much of what I think about the modern world is summed up here. We know that everything causes human and planetary cancer, and so we don't do anything to stop it. This is a major flaw we need to correct. Personaly, I know that I am going to start looking more carefully at reducing my wireless exposure. Not just because of this article but because the information conveyed here coincides with my world view. Just because I can't see something is not proof it isn't there. There is no doubt many people here or elsewhere will tell you it is nonsense and that cell phones don't cause cancer, etc etc... you can find this mentality with EVERYTHING, mercury in teeth fillings, flouride in water, aspertame, etc etc... but yet cancer all but absent a century ago is now everywhere. People are sick and you can't expect any one industry to take the wrap (cigarettes). At some point in your lives you need to make the decision that you are going to root out cancer, tech cancer, human cancer, toxic cancer, and planetary cancer, metaphoricaly speaking of course. 

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Building Paths to Sustainability

Building Paths to Sustainability

Building Paths to Sustainability

A long time ago I set out to decide what could be accomplished by a person that would be of true benefit to the earth and its people. I don't share common beliefs about productivity, economic superiority, or first world ideals in general. Back when I was looking for a way to make a true impact on the world it dawned on me that almost all focus on what is external, is fruitless. I firmly came to believe that if you want to change the world you have to change yourself. That doesn't mean to ignore the external to the point that you don't impact your surroundings, but only that what is external, beyond what we can realistically touch is merely a diversion. There are always exceptions to most everything, and I am not arguing that a charity of a certain sort is not noble, but only that true impact comes from within. If we lack our own path then we can never harvest from the middle of the meadow.

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